Thursday, January 28, 2010

Purses...

I haven't been able to update my shop for a while because I've had custom orders to catch up on, plus trying to finish some projects in my house so we can sell it. So I thought I'd share a few of the custom purses I've made. Yeah, that's my little boy's shoe in the picture. I couldn't keep him out of the picture. When the camera comes out, he tries to get in front of it!





They were all kinda fast pictures and didn't turn out very well. You get the idea though...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Getting Organized Tip: Bulk Item Storage...

In my "Getting Organized" venture, I have loved the ideas that I have found. So I thought I'd share some of the ideas that I've tried in the next little while.


Tip #1: Tame linen closet chaos by storing bulk items, such as extra soaps, bath salts, and cotton balls in clear cylinders. It's an attractive, inexpensive solution, and you'll be able to see when something needs replenishing. Use this trick all around the house-for sponges in the kitchen and detergent in the laundry room for example.
This is in my laundry room. I buy bulk from costco, so I don't have room to store the items I need in my closet-sized laundry room. So I got a big container for detergent, medium for stain treatment, and a small one for the dryer sheets, which I twisted when I put them in the container to make it a little more cute. Then I labeled them with letter stickers! (although I haven't done the dryer sheets container yet, obviously)

I have these in my bathroom. Cotton balls, Q tips, and my favorite bath salt. I like these without labels.
I also have done the container for sponges in my kitchen.
I thought this was a great idea! The glass containers are cheap at Walmart if you're wanting to do this!!
Now go do some organizing... :)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Quilt...

This is a quilt that I made as a gift. I'm in love with brown, blue and orange. Hopefully the reciever likes it!



Monday, January 25, 2010

Hooded Towel Tutorial...

Here is the tutorial for the Hooded Towel I made for Kadie. I changed a few things to make it easier then the first one I did. I hate when you wing something, and then afterward think, "That could have been a lot easier then how I did it!" Oh well. Live and learn, right? What you'll need is a bath towel, a hand towel (not washcloth), and ribbon. And of coarse a sewing machine, scissors and pins.
Fold your hand towel in half width wise, like so.

Cut the hand towel along the fold, so you have two pieces with stripes on them. You'll only need one of them, so do what you will with the other half.Lay your ribbon across the "stripe" on the towel, and cut so there is about an inch extra on both sides.

Pin it to the towel, making sure it is covering (or in the center of, if you're using a thinner ribbon) the "stripe".
Sew straight lines on both sides of the ribbon, about a quarter inch in.

Leave the edges of the ribbon un-sewn.
Fold it in half wrong side out so that the ribbon matches up. Pin the top at the raw edge that was cut.

Sew a zig zag stitch for strength along the raw edge.

Leave your hand towel folded, wrong side out, and fold your bath towel width wise (hamburger! :D), wrong side out as well. Line up the hand towel with the top of the bath towel, the sewn raw edge lined up with the fold in the bath towel.

Pinch the edges together so that both edges are facing up, and pin one side of the towel and hand towel together.

When you get to the ribbon, fold it under twice so that there isn't a raw edge to it, and pin it down as well.
When you get done with the first side and before you move on to the next side, pin the back where the seam you sewed meets the towel so that it doesn't bunch up. Then flip the towel over and pin the other side.

It should look like this when you're done pinning.
Sew a zig zag stitch along the pinned edge.
When you're done, all the edges that were sewn should be on the inside of the towel and hood. Turn right side out, and...

you have a hooded towel! Gavin approves...

This is just to show off how stinkin' cute my little man is!
Hopefully that all made sense!! Feel free to ask questions if it didn't!!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Aparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce

I heart asparagus! Especially coated in butter and balsamic vinegar! Mmmm...
1 bunch asparagus
Cooking spray (or a little olive oil to coat the asparagus in)
Salt and Pepper
2 TBL butter
1 TBL soy sauce
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar

Preheat oven to 400
Place asparagus in a baking dish. Coat in cooking spray (or drizzle some olive oil over the asparagus and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bake uncovered for 12 minutes or until tender.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Remove from heat, and stir in remaining ingredients. Pour over prepared asparagus, and toss to coat.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Chocolate Hearts...

I saw these chocolate hearts in the Martha Stewart Living Magazine, and had to make some! They were super easy, and so cute! Here's how you make them:
What you'll need- parchment paper, ziploc bag, a 2 inch heart shaped cookie cutter (or you could use cardstock to cut out a heart shape to trace), milk chocolate, and a washable marker.

Trace the inside of the cookie cutter onto the parchment paper.
Repeat, making 30 hearts that are well spaced.
Turn the parchment paper over and onto a cookie sheet. (You should still be able to see the heart shapes you traced through the parchment paper. If not, you'll need a darker marker.)
Melt your chocolate using a chocolate melter, or placing the chocolate in a heat proof bowl, and setting it over a pan of boiling water.
Let the chocolate cool slightly, and transfer to a ziploc bag. Cut the tip of one corner of the ziploc, making a very small hole.
Trace the outline of the hearts, making the lines about 1/4 inch thick so that they won't break when you pull them off the parchment paper.

Make squiggly lines inside the hearts, making sure they they are connected to the outside lines of chocolate that you've traced.
They should look like this!
Repeat with all thirty heart shapes, and then transfer the cookie sheet into the freezer, freezing for about 15 minutes. When they are hard, bend the parchment very carefully next to the chocolate hearts, and they should pop right off. Or you can use a metal spatula.

Place the chocolate hearts into the frosting of your cupcakes, and you have the cutest Valentine's Cupcakes ever!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Hooded Towel...

There's nothing worse then the little hooded towels that are available to buy for your little ones. You can't even wrap them around their bodies. So, I made some!
I still have some more to make, and I think I'm going to change it up a bit from what I did for this one. Maybe I'll do a tutorial while I'm at it...

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Acorn Wreath from MADE...

Did you see the Acorn Wreath from MADE? I just loved it, I had to make one for myself! Of coarse, being winter and all, I didn't have access to acorns. And Dana mentioned that someone used lima beans, but I thought, "Almonds!" They have close to the same look as the acorns, which I liked the look of best. So I bought a couple packages of whole almonds, and tried them out! I really wish I could have done white to start out with, but I have a white door, so obviously, it was a no-go. But we'll be building a house soon, so I'll get to have a different color door, and try out different colors for the wreath!
If you want to make a Acorn (or almond) Wreath, get the tutorial here from MADE. Happy crafting!!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Refashioned Tank...

I got this tank top a while back on sale from Old Navy, and never wore it, so I decided to get some use out of it by making a dress for Kadie. And this is how it turned out! I had to take it in on the sides, and some off the top, and shorten the straps. So I just serged off the raw top, sewed the straps on, and added some buttons.


If Kadie twirls in an outfit, it means she loves it. She's so easy to please. :)I also thought I'd share the vintage sheet I found at the Thrift Store yesterday. I'm excited to use it!

Happy Friday!! Have a great weekend!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Bookmark...


I made this bookmark for my mother in law for Christmas, and gave it along with a series of books, and made one for myself as well. I'm kinda on a fabric-bookmark-kick. I think they are so cute! Just thought I'd share... Have a happy Saturday!